Auriculotherapy Manual: Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture provides a comprehensive guide to the practice of Chinese and Western systems of ear acupuncture. This impressive new edition utilizes 3-D models of the external ear, as well as 3-D anatomical images, to demonstrate the somatotopic relationship between particular parts of the body and specific regions of the auricle. This is the first ear acupuncture text that has incorporated 3-D technology in order to present amazing images of the auricle which precisely indicate ear acupoint positions. The book offers in-depth evaluation of the theoretical and clinical underpinnings of auriculotherapy, describing and illustrating over ear acupuncture points and more than auriculotherapy treatment protocols for clinical discorders ranging from chronic pain to substance abuse to visceral and neurological disorders.
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I www. Printed in China. I have known Dr Terry Oleson for a number of years and I am very pleased to have. I have very. Dr Oleson states extremely well that there are two very differen t approaches to understand about auriculotherapy. One approach is Oriental, the other one is Occidental. The Oriental approach calls upon the basic concepts of classical acupuncture.
Most prominent are the concepts of yin and yang. The metaphysical view of the world and of man is the primary focus, even more prominent than the doctrines of physiology and anatomy. The Western approach towards auriculotherapy, that which Paul Nogier first proposed, rests upon the scientific method of observations, and the repetition of such observations. It is also grounded upon the basic foundations of anatomy and physiology.
In the Western approach, there is no notion of energy and no metaphysical philosophy that underlies this technique. In fact, without going into details, the external ear has particular diagnostic and treatment properties because of its innervation and because of the presence of neuro-vascular complexes. These complexes are small, actual entities consisting of micro-hormones dispersed under the skin of the external ear.
There are actually two juxtaposed somatotopic systems which explain auriculotherapy as it is practiced today in Europe.
The first system is based on nervous fibers distributed throughout the auricle and is purely a reflex. It is with this system that one uses auriculotherapy to alleviate pain. The second system rests upon the existence of the neuro-vascular complexes discovered by the team of Pr Senelar: Odile Auziech, Claudie Terral.
On the external ear, there exist cutaneous points of reduced electrical resistance that correspond to histological microformations made up of a nerve, a lymphatic vessel, a small artery, and a veinule. It is these microformations that are called neuro-vascular-complexes. Stimulation of these complexes by infra red light modifies the temperature and the thermal regulation of internal body organs, thus modifying their function. Schematically, the external ear is like a computer keyboard which acts on the whole organism through the intermediary of the central nervous system and the auricular micro-hormonal system.
This auricular system has two types of computer keys, one set connected to the spinothalamic system that modulates pain perception and another set which initiates the release of active hormonal substances which modify specific internal organs. When looking at the ear, one will obtain a different effect if a needle is used, or a laser light, or a magnetic field.
As with everything in medicine, great skill is required to master this technique. The computer keyboard on the ear allows clinicians to effectively treat pain, functional disorders, addictive problems, and minor psychiatric disorders. It is well known that Paul Nogier, my father, discovered the somatotopic properties of the external ear. There are just a few fortunate people who not only dream, but who are able to carry out their dreams and bring them into reality.
Paul Nogier was at the same time a man of innovative thoughts and a man of productive action. He was a gifted clinician of exceptional abilities who attentively listened to his patients, respected what they had to say, and thoroughly investigated their maladies.
Tirelessly, he examined patients from Monday morning to Saturday evening, trying to understand and to cure their illnesses. One cannot understand the work of Paul Nogier without knowing his character. He was a man who spent much of his time proposing sometimes contradictory new ideas, the majority of which fell by the wayside. Nevertheless, his most original ideas remain: the somatotopic representations on the ear, the vascular autonomic signal, and the treatment effect of specific frequencies.
It is for these discoveries that many students followed him so devotedly. At the same time, confronted with so much apparent inconstancy, much of the teaching by this great master was not understood or fell out of favor. This third edition of the Auriculotherapy Manual strives to bring closer. Western neurophysiological concepts and Oriental energetic concepts as they relate to auriculotherapy. Perhaps only in California could one be able to do the work that he has done.
In the third edition of this book, the origins of auriculotherapy are traced to historical sources in the West as well as China.
The use of acupuncture points on the. At the same time, interest in auricular medicine brought greater attention to the practice of classical acupuncture in Europe. This book explores a broad range of theoretical perspectives that have been developed to understand the underlying bases of auriculotherapy.
The somatotopic features of multiple micro-acupuncture systems, the relationship of ear acupuncture to other concepts in Oriental medicine, and holographic models are all described in a comprehensive manner. Neurophysiological investigations of auricular acupuncture, and the role of hormonal substances such as endorphins, are substantiated with numerous scientific studies.
Artistic illustrations revealing the anatomical regions of the external ear facilitate greater comprehension of the correspondences between the ear and the body. The auricular zone system developed by Dr Oleson provides clinically useful reference guidelines for conducting auricular diagnosis and auriculotherapy treatments.
The predominant portion of this book presents several hundred ear acupuncture points organized by major anatomical systems. Auricular representation of the musculoskeletal system, visceral organs, endocrine glands, and the nervous system are differentiated by their anatomical location and clinical function.
The treatment plans presented at the end of this book integrate ear acupuncture points discovered in the West as well as in China. In European applications of auricular medicine, greater emphasis is placed upon palpation of the vascular autonomic signal to determine the reactivity of an ear point and its appropriateness for treatment.
This book is a very important contribution to the field of health care in the West and the East. Raphael Nogicr MD. Lyon, July When one has been on a journey for almost three decades, it is not uncommon to wonder how the journey first began.
For me, the exploration of the fascinating field of aurieulotherapy started with an afternoon lecture I heard while completing my graduate studies at the University of California at Irvine UCI. The presentation itself had nothing to do either with acupuncture or the external ear, but it stimulated my mind to be drawn to a path that continues to excite me still.
Dr John Liebeskind mesmerized me with his pioneering research on a concept that, in ,was completely new to the field of neuroscience. His laboratory had demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the periaqueductal gray of the brainstem could inhibit behavioral reflexes to painful stimuli.
While the sensory pathways that carry pain messages to the brain had been thoroughly investigated, the laboratory of Dr Liebeskind provided the first scientific indication that the brain has the capability to turn off pain as well as respond to pain.
What had made the Liebeskind research so impressive was that the analgesia produced by electrical stimulation could be blocked by the chemical antagonist to morphine known as naloxone. I wrote to Dr Liebeskind after the lecture, met with him at UCLA, and soon submitted an application for a federally funded postdoctoral scholarship working in his laboratory.
As my doctoral dissertation examined the firing patterns of neurons in the somatosensory and auditory pathways during Pavlovian conditioning, my postdoctoral grant sought to examine neural firing patterns in the brain pathways related to the inhibition of pain sensations. In Jungian psychology there is the concept of synchronicity, a meaningful coincidence of separate events that do not seem causally connected Jung J ung himself noted that the classical Chinese texts did not ask, What causes an event?
Too often, individuals fail to notice such synchronistic events, dismissing them as random coincidences. I can often observe such events only in retrospect. It so happened that the neuroscience laboratories at the UCLA Department of Psychology were in the basement of an l l-story building.
What first drew me to that end of the building was a strange smell which seemed like marijuana, but in fact was the Chinese herb moxa. While I conducted animal research experiments during the day, I began spending more of my free time hours interacting with the doctors investigating the effects of acupuncture. In , UCLA was one of only a few, major US universities to explore the multiple dimensions of alternative medicine. The UCLA pain clinic successfully treated hundreds of chronic pain patients with acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, guided imagery and nutritional counseling.
The directors of the clinic, Dr David Bresler and Dr Richard Kroening, invited me to their offices one afternoon and asked me to be their research director. It was like an invisible force pushed me from behind as I leaped at the opportunity. I did not have any acupuncture skills, but as a psychologist I had extensive training in conducting research. And thus began the amazing journey. The first research project that we undertook was to examine auricular diagnosis, rather than conduct a clinical outcome study.
It took several years to design the research and collect the data, but there was an energizing atmosphere affecting everyone participating in the clinic that made it a great pleasure to work there.
I was surprised myself when the results were finally analyzed and there was such a strong statistical finding. While I was initially only a scientific observer of such. There were not many US acupuncture schools at that time, but there were plenty of teachers. While mostly unknown in the white, black and Hispanic parts of Los Angeles, there were a large number of practitioners of Oriental medicine in the Asian districts. They were very willing to share their knowledge of their ancient and almost mystical arts.
It was only after I presented the results of the auricular diagnosis research to the International Society for the Study of Pain that I learned of the whole field of auricular medicine that is practiced in Europe. American doctors prefer the electrical detection and treatment of acupuncture points more than Asian doctors, and several electronic equipment manufacturers sponsored seminars that incorporated the work of European as well as Chinese acupuncturists.
Auriculotherapy Manual Chinese and Western Systems of Ear Acupuncture, Third Edition
Auriculotherapy Manual Chinese And Western Systems Of Ear Acupuncture